Kvarner newsletter / no 23

Island of Rab
Lopar potato Festival

The tasty potatoes of the Lopar area now have their own festival – Days of Potatoes – scheduled to take place in Lopar, the northernmost part of the island of Rab, next year in June. Visitors will have the chance to enjoy a range of gastronomic specialities and to discover for themselves why so many visitors who spend their holidays in the Lopar area decide to take some locally grown potatoes home with them as a tasty souvenir.

Have you had a chance to savour potatoes from the Lopar area and enjoy their unique sweet taste? If yes, you know why these potatoes are regarded as something very special, and if not, it's high time you did. If not sooner, then during the Potato Festival that will take place in Lopar, the northernmost part of the island of Rab, next year in June.

The need to organise this kind of festival has long been recognised by both the inhabitants of Lopar – potato producers, and tourism professionals, because numerous visitors to the area would often take a bag or two of potatoes home with them after the holiday instead of some other souvenir.

Although it might seem to be a common crop, potato from the Lopar area is distinguished for its specific sweet taste and unique quality. This is the result of numerous factors: untypical soil extraordinarily rich in water, excellent microclimate, and, above all, above average exposure to a fog of seadrops raised by the bura wind coming from Mount Velebit. The whole Lopar plain, in which potatoes are grown, is exposed to such weather conditions and specific natural phenomena.

The unique taste of potatoes from the Lopar area was the basis for a new event that will include gastronomic specialities made with Lopar potatoes. In addition, visitors will have the chance to learn more about how potatoes are grown and which are some of the most important varieties. Apart from educational activities and gastronomic offer, the event will also include a presentation of local customs. Visitors will have the chance to engage in some attractive but almost forgotten sporting competitions. The festival will also include music and some practical work in the potato field.